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Ideas for the Kids for a Spring Break Sleepover

Posted on: Thursday, March 27th, 2014 in Activities for kids, Family Activities, Games, imagination and play, Kid's imagination, parent involvement, spring, Spring break for kids

Of course its spring – snow is in the forecast!  Being the eternal optimist I am ignoring the forecast and celebrating the extended daylight and thinking about Spring Break.  Some families may be going on vacation, but many of us … read more »

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Have the Kids Help Select Vegetables to Plant in the Garden.

Posted on: Thursday, March 20th, 2014 in Activities for kids, Gardening, Gardening for kids, Kids doing Research, parent involvement, Planting, Reading, spring

Two days until the official start of spring and yet more snow arrived last night.  Enough is enough!!  I decided that eventually we will smell the roses and decided to think about a garden.  I gathered my available grandkids, via … read more »

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Why Should Parents Prepare their Children for Standardized Testing?

Posted on: Tuesday, March 11th, 2014 in Conversation with kids, parent involvement, Standardized Testing

Since the beginning of the 21st century standardized test scores have become particularly important.  Too many of our nation’s students were struggling and not performing as well as their peers in other countries.  In an effort to turn things around, George … read more »

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Technology for Kids in the 21st Century.

Posted on: Thursday, February 6th, 2014 in Activities for kids, Conversation with kids, Conversations with kids, Critical Thinking Skills, Homework, parent involvement, Reading, Technology and kids, Technology for kids

The 21st century has brought so much new technology to us that options of how to keep the kids busy is limitless.  Tired parents (or in our case grandparents) are lucky to have access to countless educational television programs and digital … read more »

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The joy of sharing a day with others.

Posted on: Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014 in Building Character, Community Service, Conversation with kids, Day of Service, Family Activities, Holiday, Martin Luther King Day, parent involvement, Technology and kids

Last week I blogged about the MLK day of service. I suggested visiting a senior citizen’s facility.  This is reminiscent of a visit we made two years ago along with one of our grandsons.  This is how it happened. Our … read more »

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Martin Luther King Day – A Day of Service

Posted on: Wednesday, January 15th, 2014 in Activities for kids, Black History, Building Character, Community Service, Conversation with kids, Day of Service, Martin Luther King Day, parent involvement

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?”  Each year, Americans all across our country answer that question by coming together on the King Holiday to serve their … read more »

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Concerned because your child insists on reading the same book over and over?

Posted on: Thursday, January 9th, 2014 in parent involvement, Reading, Reading tips for kids, Reading with kids

Remain calm when your child chooses to reread a favorite book for the gazillionth time. Over the years countless frustrated parents have come to me and asked what to do because their kids keep selecting the same few books over … read more »

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Different Ways for Your Kids to Say “Thank You” for Gifts.

Posted on: Thursday, December 19th, 2013 in Activities for kids, Conversation with kids, Holiday, parent involvement, talking to kids, Writing

T’is the season for gift giving.  What could be better than having your kids send a thank-you message to their generous relatives or friends?  Imagine how happy the thoughtful gift givers would feel when they get your child’s message.  Imagine … read more »

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Some Holiday Thoughts from the Kids!

Posted on: Wednesday, December 11th, 2013 in Cognitive Skills, Holiday, Listening to kids, parent involvement, winter

We originally posted this blog a couple of years ago but continue to appreciate its significance in this holiday season and felt that it is worth reposting. Even without the change in the weather, beautiful decorations and never ending bargains, the … read more »

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Share Some Interesting Facts About December with the Kids – Other than the Holidays.

Posted on: Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013 in Activities for kids, Conversation with kids, Family Activities, parent involvement, Winter Activities for Kids

Ask any kid to tell you one interesting fact about December, that has nothing to do with the holidays, and I can almost guarantee you that the best they’ll come up with is that it’s the last month of the … read more »

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